Public health responses to toxic cyanobacterial blooms: perspectives from the 2016 Florida event

  title={Public health responses to toxic cyanobacterial blooms: perspectives from the 2016 Florida event},
  author={James S Metcalf and Sandra Anne Banack and James T. Powell and Fiona J. M. Tymm and Susan J. Murch and L. Brand and Paul Alan Cox},
  journal={Water Policy},
In June 2016, massive cyanobacterial blooms occurred in the St. Lucie River in Florida, caused by nutrient and cyanobacterial-laden water releases from Lake Okeechobee. We independently collected and analyzed bloom material for cyanotoxin diversity and concentrations. The concentrations of microcystins, potent hepatotoxins, present in the bloom material greatly exceeded World Health Organization Guideline Values for drinking and recreational water. We also detected the neurotoxins anatoxin-a… 

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